These royals are hard to keep track of! Yesterday, Queen Maxima began a four-day visit to Morocco in her role as UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance. Maxima changes modes from “Queen” to “UN Representative” for these events, and that, in combination with the locale, leads to a different wardrobe approach for her.
The Queen arrived in Casablanca and was greeted by the wali of Casablanca-Settat region, Said Ahmidouch. The Queen is wearing a Max Mara shirtwaist dress. Although that style is not my favorite, I’ll admit it must be comfortable for the plane ride.
The Queen changed into her Etro separates for her first meeting of the day. She has worn these several times, including during a trip to Indonesia in 2016. Crown Princess Mary also owns the skirt, as we saw on their recent trip to India.
I think we have our answer on the Queen’s approach to this trip: she is going to bring out the prints. This dress is by Valentino, and this is the first public wearing of it, although Modekoningin Maxima reports it was worn for a private event previously. The Queen is visiting Axa Bank today.
If you gaze into the print, you’ll discern quite a statement necklace lurking there! Also, a silver cuff, her engagement ring, and the best manicure in the royal business.
She has headed to Rabat.
The Queen continues her visit in Rabat. She met with the Minister of Economics Nadia Fettah Alaoui and there are probably many among you relieved she is again wearing one of her monochrome royal lady pantsuits!
From our friend-of-the-blog Hofdude, Triple A: This floral diamond brooch was first seen on Queen Wilhelmina in 1898, although in a different setting. The “brooch” was worn on a simple diamond band as a bracelet. Wilhelmina wore the bracelet in a pearl version (centre). This bracelet, made by the Dutch court jeweler Van Kempen & Begeer, was never seen again. The floral element was taken off the diamond band, altered and converted into a brooch. The brooch was first seen by Queen Juliana. Since then, this beautiful brooch has been worn by several members of the Dutch Royal Family.
She had a meet up with Princess Lalla Meryem, the current King’s sister – a battle of the pantsuits there. Per Modekoningin Maxima, Maxima’s ensemble is new, by an unknown designer.
We’ll circle back with more photos as they become available.